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'Game of Thrones' and Huskies: The Show's Impact on the Breed

Filed Under Lifestyle & Entertainment

Themega-hit HBO series Game of Thrones is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon, with an impactthat goes far beyond thetelevision landscape. But what happens when fans clamor to incorporate as many elementsof the showinto theirlives...

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Do Dogs and Cats Have Long-Term Memories?

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By Nicole Pajer We often hear the expression that “pets live in the moment,” but anyone who owns a dog or cat will tell you that they’ve experienced incidents that challenge that statement. Have you ever put your...

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Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac: Dangers for Pets

Filed Under General Health

By Maura McAndrew In the summertime, you and your pets likely enjoy more time outdoors—playing in the yard, taking hikes, or going on camping or fishing excursions. While these activities are fun for all, there are hazards to...

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Valerian Root for Dogs: Does It Work?

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By Paula Fitzsimmons If your dog is terrified during thunderstorms or becomes anxious when left home alone, valerian root may offer relief. It’s an herbal supplement with mild sedative qualities that humans have traditionally...

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5 Reasons You Should Take Lyme Disease Seriously

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By Paula Fitzsimmons You’re looking forward to a trip to the park with your canine companion. The weather is perfect, the greenery in full bloom, and your dog is staring at you, eagerly waiting to get out. Before leaving the...

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Cats in Carriers: What's Going Through Your Cat's Head?

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Traveling with your cat at some point is inevitable. Whether it is a trip to the vet, a move, or even a vacation, all of these will require safely transporting your cat in some sort of cat carrier. It is best to start that process when your...

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Fleas Test Positive for Plague in Arizona: What It Means

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Public health officials in two northern Arizona counties have issued warnings that fleas in the area tested positive for plague. Fleas carryingYersinia pestis,the bacterium that causes plague, were discovered in Navajo and Coconino counties.The...

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Pet Visits in Hospitals: What Are the Risks?

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Recently I read a story about a young woman who snuck a dog into the hospital to visit her sick grandmother. My first thought was, "that is so sweet!" But my second thought was, “I hope this doesn’t become a trend.”...

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Pets and the Eclipse: What You Need to Know

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On Aug.21, 2017, millions of people across the country will have the chance to experience what's known as the "Great AmericanEclipse." The rare occurrence (the last coast-to-coast total solar eclipse, according to CNN,took...

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Treating Venomous Insect Stings in Cats

Filed Under Poisoning-Toxicity

By Dr. Hanie Elfenbein, DVM Cats are inquisitive creatures. Unfortunately, that sometimes get them into trouble — like when they mess with the wrong bug. Allergic Reactions to Insect Bites and Stings Depending on where...

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The Best Toys and Treats for Ferrets

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By Cheryl Lock For those new to ferret ownership, you might not imagine there are many ways to play with your new furry friend, but that isn’t the case. In fact, the right toys and treats can help ensure that the time you spend...

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Nap Time!

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After all that play, rats need several spots to rest. Most love hammocks that you hang from the sides of their cage. If your rat is a chewer, you can easily make “disposable” hammocks by folding a rectangle of cotton cloth (old t-shirts...

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Now On To the Fun Stuff… Toys

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Rats need toys, lots and lots of toys. The options are only limited by your imagination, but things they can climb on, in, through, over, and under are always big hits. Think branches, dowels, ladders, ropes, shelves, and tubes. Don’t...

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Eating and Drinking

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Pay attention to how you provide food and water to your rats. Their health and your sanity depend on it. Purchase a large water bottle with a sipper tube. A group of rats can go through water faster than you might think, and you don’t...

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Cleaning Up the Mess

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Rats are cool, but they’re also messy. They like to chew, shred, dig, and build nests, which can result in food, bedding, and litter ending up where you don’t want it. Of course, rats also pee and poop, and it’s your responsibility...

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What Type of Cage is Best?

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Size isn’t your only concern. What a rat cage is made out of is important too. Wire mesh sides and tops allow air to flow freely into and out of the cage. This prevents ammonia from building up inside, which lessens the chance that your...

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Size Matters

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Rats are social critters, so hopefully you have (or are planning on having) at least two. And this means that the small “starter” rat cages you’ll find out there are not big enough for your brood. Have no fear if you already...

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How to Create the Coolest and Best Rat Cage

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Who knew rats could be so amazing? Now that rats have stolen your heart, you want yours to have everything they need to be happy. Read on for what you need to know about putting together the coolest and best rat...

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Building a Cool Cage for Your Pet Rat

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Now that rats have stolen your heart, you want yours to have everything they need to be happy. Read on for what you need to know about putting together the coolest and best rat cage possible.

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Dogs Are a Big Reason Millennials Are Buying Homes, Survey Finds

Filed Under Lifestyle & Entertainment

There's nothing a millennial can—or, more likely, can't—do that won't garner headlines. Whether it's that generation's dating outlook or their spending habits, every move a millennial makes will be analyzed. Most...

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Can You Use Your Pet Insurance at the Drug Store?

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Have you ever gone to a “human” pharmacy to fill a pet prescription? Perhaps your veterinarian didn’t carry the medication that your pet needed, or maybe you thought that since your vet prescribed a human medicine, you had...

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Brooklynites Reportedly Forgoing Vaccines for Their Pets

Filed Under Health & Science

The controversial anti-vaccine movement has apparently now reached some pet owners in Brooklyn, too. According to a report published in Brooklyn Paper, dog owners in the hip and trendy areas of the New York City borough are skipping out...

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Kitten Cruelly Tied to a Bush Is Now Recovering

Filed Under Care & Safety

In late July, workers at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, made a shocking and heartbreaking discovery: a kitten had been tied to a bush and presumably left for deadon their campus. When employeesheard a kitten's...

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Custom Knee Braces

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Some underlying health conditions may prevent your pooch from being a good candidate for knee surgery. Relief, however, is still possible. “For animals that are unable to undergo surgery, there are braces that can be custom made to externally...

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Physical Therapy

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Like humans, dogs with knee injuries benefit greatly from physical therapy. In combination with rest, weight management, and pain management, it’s almost always prescribed as a complement to knee surgery, if not as an alternative. “Physical...

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